How to Make a Spongy Chocolate Cake

If you are seeking a recipe for a scrumptious, delicate, moist, made from scratch chocolate cake like Grandma used to make, this is it!


  • 1 cup (240 ml) of milk
  • 2 cups (250g) of all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (90g) powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (43g) of cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) Vegetable oil


  1. 1
    Preheat oven to 350ºF or 180ºC.
  2. 2
    Grease and flour a 9" x 13" (23 x 33 cm) cake pan.
  3. 3
    In a large bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. You should sieve the flour and other ingredients into the bowl as it allows more air to go into the mixture making it more spongy.
  4. 4
    Add eggs, milk, vegetable oil and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes or by hand.
  5. 5
    Pour into prepared pan. With a spatula distribute batter evenly in the pan.
  6. 6
    Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
  7. 7
    Cool completely and frost with your favorite frosting.

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  • Can I use any type of flour?
    Answered by wikiHow Contributor
    • You can use cake flour or all-purpose, but self-rising works the best.
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  • Can I substitute baking powder for baking soda and olive oil for vegetable oil?
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    • Yes, both substitutions are ok. The only difference is your cake may have a slight taste of olive oil, as it has a stronger flavor than vegetable oil.
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  • Can I mix this without an electric mixer?
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    • Using a spoon is a great way to build up muscle whilst baking that sweet treat.
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  • Which kind of flour and frosting can you use?
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    • Self-raising flour is always best--makes it rise the most. For icing, you can do many different options. For example, butter cream is made with icing sugar and butter/margarine, and royal is just boiled water and icing sugar.
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  • How can I decorate the cake?
    Answered by Qamar, Top Answerer
    • Since spongy chocolate cake is very light and delicate, it can't be decorated with heavy amounts of frosting like you'd do with a normal chocolate cake. Try garnishing it with powdered sugar or drizzling a light icing over the cake to decorate it.
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  • Can I make this without the baking soda?
    Answered by Qamar, Top Answerer
    • No, the chocolate cake needs the baking soda in order to come out spongy and moist. Consider finding other chocolate cake recipes that don't require baking soda.
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  • What can I do If I burn the cake?
    Answered by Qamar, Top Answerer
    • It really depends on how badly it's burnt. If there's some minor burnt edges, you can easily shave them off with a knife. Check out our article on fixing a burnt cake for more tips on fixing your cake.
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  • Can I use butter instead of oil?
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    • Yes, but ensure that you melt the butter before use. This could be done using a microwave or a dry pan/pot.
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  • Can I use self-rising flour to make a spongy chocolate cake?
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    • Yes, you can.
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  • If I don't have an oven, can I make the cake in the microwave?
    Answered by Qamar, Top Answerer
    • No, you cannot. The chocolate cake must be baked in the oven in order to come out spongy and moist. Consider finding other microwaveable chocolate cake recipes.
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  • This is a very delicate cake. If you opt to remove it from the pan, do so after a 10 minute cooling period.
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  • If you plan on placing the cake on a cake board or foil lined cookie sheet, place the board or cookie sheet on top of the cake pan. Hold your hand on the center of the board or cookie sheet and slide your other hand under the cake pan and in one motion, flip the cake pan upside down, so the cake is gently placed on the board and not flipped and dropped from the pan.
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  • To avoid the white flour dust that is visible on chocolate cakes, flour the pan with cocoa powder instead.
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  • Cooking spray comes in handy for oiling and flouring cake pans. Do not over flour!!
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  • Flipping from the pan without cake board or foil lined cookie sheet support may cause large cracks in the cake.
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